Apple will be releasing a new iOS update, iOS 6, this coming Fall.  And with it will come many new and exciting features to support people with disabilities.  Apple.com previews one of the new features called Guided Access:

Guided Access

“iOS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. This new iOS update allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. VoiceOver, the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low-vision users, is now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom. And Apple is working with top manufacturers to introduce Made for iPhone hearing aids that will deliver a power-efficient, high-quality digital audio experience.”

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Other features will include:

VoiceOver integrated with AssistiveTouch

VoiceOver integrated with Zoom

VoiceOver integrated with Maps

Siri’s ability to launch apps

Custom vibration patterns for alerts

FaceTime over 3G

New Made for iPhone hearing aid

Word highlights in speak selection

 

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